Origin

critic Reviews

, 81% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A moving drama that's unafraid to ask big questions, Origin honors its source material with powerful performances in service of a deeply emotional story.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It’s hardly new news, but DuVernay takes a very long time to spell it out.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    There is a personal side to Wilkerson’s story that the director and cast skilfully interweave.
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    Kelechi EhenuloEmpire Magazine
    Bearing similar levels of gravity and substance to her Netflix documentary 13th, Origin is arguably DuVernay’s most emotionally complex work to date.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    For all its flaws, however, Origin does have power as both didactic treatise and drama of recovery. There is something reassuring being said here about the restorative power of work.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    This is the biography of a book... The fact that it works as well as it does, it's pretty remarkable.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    The compelling Ellis-Taylor goes some way towards tying together the disparate elements. She is a magnetic, dignified presence, persuasive in both the more melodramatic elements of the story and in the academic journey.
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    Maria LattilaFilm Stories
    With Origin, DuVernay once again proves that she is a masterful director, with fresh ideas and a fearlessness that modern Hollywood could really do with more. Even in the film’s weaker moments, Origin is a work of thrilling originality.
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    David GriffithsSubculture Entertainment
    Origin is intelligent at times and really makes the audience think about its theme but it is also over long and loses its impact when it strays into near documentary territory at times.
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    Stephen A. RussellSunday Arts Magazine Podcast (JOY 94.9)
    Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor is absolutely incredible as [Isabel] Wilkerson... an interesting and powerful film.
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    Jim Schembrijimschembri.com
    An elongated social studies lecture...as well-meaning and self-consciously worthy as it is dreary and repetitive.
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